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Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

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DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes

ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis. Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure

UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 19, 2017) — Myanmar’s government has failed to meet its international obligations and protect Rohingya Muslims from the atrocities taking place in Rakhine state, two UN special advisers said Wednesday, October 18. Continue reading Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

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An eight-year-old Rohingya girl inside a refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The report is based on 65 interviews with Rohingya who recently arrived in Bangladesh. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Region’s head of human rights calls on Aung San Suu Kyi to stop violence as report says ‘clearance operations’ include killings, torture and rape

October 11, 2017 — Myanmar security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday. Continue reading UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

Bangladesh to build one of world’s largest refugee camps for 800,000 Rohingya

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Rohingya carry belongings through muddy water in the refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar. Over 500,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Authorities say they will move Rohingya from 23 camps into new refugee zone near Cox’s Bazar close to Myanmar border

October 5, 2017 — Bangladesh on Thursday announced it would build one of the world’s biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar. Continue reading Bangladesh to build one of world’s largest refugee camps for 800,000 Rohingya

15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

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DEAD. People come to see the boat where Rohingya Muslim refugees were found dead on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox’s Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

‘The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,’ says UN chief Antonio Guterres

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 29, 2017) — At least 15 people drowned and scores are feared missing after a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh Thursday, September 28, as UN chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar’s leaders to end the refugees’ “nightmare.” Continue reading 15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

At least 14 dead as Rohingya boat capsizes off Bangladesh

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The latest disaster comes as a UN visit to Myanmar’s conflict-battered Rakhine state is postponed

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 28, 2017) — At least 10 children and 4 women were killed when a boat carrying Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh on Thursday, September 28 as the number of new arrivals topped 500,000. Continue reading At least 14 dead as Rohingya boat capsizes off Bangladesh

UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine

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RAZED. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. Stringer/AFP

The United Nations had been demanding access since its humanitarian organizations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar’s military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August

UNITED NATIONS (Sept. 27, 2017) — Representatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday, September 28, for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims. Continue reading UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine

Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance – UN

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INFLUX. In this photograph taken on May 20, 2015, Bangladeshi migrants are transported on a bus in Langsa, Aceh province after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the eastern coast of Aceh. AFP File photo

At least 436,000 Rohingya recently arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since an outbreak of violence a month ago

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 25, 2017) — Bangladesh needs “massive international assistance” to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, the head of the UN refugee agency said Sunday, September 24. Continue reading Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance – UN

Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

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SEEKING SHELTER. Mujibur Rahman (R), a Rohingya father of 10, carries his belongings, after being evicted with his family, while searching for a place to build a new makeshift shelter at the refugee camp of Kutupalung in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 20, 2017. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Communal tensions remain high across Rakhine. Raids by Rohingya militants at the end of last month spark a massive army crackdown, driving more than 420,000 people into Bangladesh in what the UN calls a campaign of ‘ethnic cleansing.’

SITTWE, Myanmar (Sept. 22, 2017) — An attack on an aid shipment in Myanmar’s violence-wracked Rakhine state and a deadly Red Cross truck crash in Bangladesh on Thursday, September 21, hampered desperately needed relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution. Continue reading Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

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CROSSING OVER. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Sheikh Hasina also calls for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports says

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Sept. 21, 2017) — Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back the some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country. Continue reading Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya